Kalikot man held with leopard skin, bone from Gongabu guesthouse

The arrested has been identified as Bhakta Bahadur Rokaya (24) of Palata Rural Municipality-8 in Kalikot district.

Acting on a tip-off, a police team deployed from Metropolitan Crime Division raided room no. 205 on the first floor of Dipshikha Surkhet Guesthouse and Restaurant in Gongabu, and seized leopard skin and bone from the possession of Rokaya, stated the press release issued by Metropolitan Crime Division. The guesthouse is run by Dhruba Raj Gautam, said police.

Police said that Rokaya had kept the big cat's skin and bone to sell.

The alleged trader of wild animal body parts was handed over to the District Forest Office, Hattisar, today for necessary action. He will be tried under the National Park and Wildlife Act 1973, said police.

The widespread illegal killing of leopard and trade in parts, combined with loss of habitat have triggered its decline in many parts of Nepal.